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Bath railway bridge refurbishment work

This summer we start work on the refurbishment of a crucial railway bridge that carries the Great Western Main Line through the city of Bath, between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads. 

Bath railway bridge

Claverton Street railway bridge sits to the west of Bath city centre, above Churchill roundabout, where the A36 meets the A367. 

The bridge itself needs extensive steel and brick work repairs to ensure the continued safe and reliable running of the railway.

What’s involved? 

Working both on top of the bridge (track-side) and from the road underneath, we will be grit-blasting and repairing metalwork, before applying a protective layer of paint. Brick work repairs are also needed to sides and support structures. 

To carry out this work safely, and to ensure the safety of road users, part of the A36 Churchill roundabout will need to be closed overnight for more than 60 nights between 20 June and 16 October as follows: 

Date spanHours of closure
Monday 20 June 2022– Friday 19 August 20227pm – 6am: every night, 7 days a week
Saturday 20 August 2022 – Sunday 9 October 2022Midnight – 7am: weekly, Saturday nights only
Sunday 9 October 2022 – Sunday 16 October 20227pm – 6am: every night, 7 days a week

To minimise the impact of this work we are working with Bath and North East Somerset Council and will be getting in touch with a range of other stakeholders, including the Bath Business Improvement District team, transport providers, and residents.  

A diversionary route has been agreed as detailed below. 

Diversionary route

During this period of work, a diversion route, approved by Bath and North East Somerset Council, will be in place as follows:

  • All northbound traffic including access to the A4 London Road, A46 and M4 motorway will travel via Green Park Road and Charles Street to Queen Square, and then via Gay Street and George Street onto the A4 The Paragon.
  • All eastbound traffic including access to Bathwick, Bathampton and Warminster, will travel via the A3039 Dorchester Street and Manvers Street to North Parade before turning left onto the A36 Pulteney Road (South).
  • All southbound traffic including access to the A367 Wellsway to Radstock and Midsomer Norton will travel via the A3039 Dorchester Street and Manvers Street to North Parade before turning right onto the A36 Pulteney Road (South).
  • All Westbound traffic towards Keynsham and Bristol leaving the city centre will either follow the southbound diversion before travelling onwards via the A36 Lower Bristol Road, or travel out of Bath via the A4 Upper Bristol Road.

Train services 

Trains should remain unaffected by our work on the bridge as renovations at track level are restricted to Saturday nights, taking place between midnight and 07.00 on Sunday morning, when train services aren’t running. 

However, it is always wise to check before you travel.

Get in touch 

If you have any questions or concerns about the work taking place, please contact our 24-hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or visit our Contact Us page.

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